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Dec 4, 2012 6:00am EST
years of the bush administration when it shot up dramatically as well. so it's not simply a barack obama phenomenon. but i don't. what we see both from my own work inside the senate and observation from what we see with books like mike grunwald's is that it was a very deliberate strategy hatched at least at inaugural if not before to try to raise the bar and to block things from happening, and to get unanimous minority support. and to do it not just on build 40 want to amendments, but on build where he had no interest, just make it all messy and make it difficult. i'm not going to defend barack obama's outreach to the minority party, but i could go back to knot the use of the filibuster but other methods of obstruction with bill clinton who reached out all the time. so i think that's the factor but a minor one. i think harry reid's use of filling the amendment tree, partly this is chicken and egg, but has been done too much and that didn't result in at least some protests and willingness of some senators on his side who might otherwise have joined in some of these filibusters to do so. i
Nov 30, 2012 6:00am EST
to compliment president obama, the response of the federal government was quick and decisive, and personal visits by the secretary of homeland security, janet napolitano, as well as administrator fugate were extremely important in calling attention and gathering information so that the federal government could assist very directly and immediately in this disaster recovery. the total amount of damages is very preliminary but dramatic. public infrastructure needs are in the tens of millions, and these estimates do not even take into account the possible public infrastructure damage that fema may be unable to reimburse due to the lack of flexibility within the hazard mitigation program. we've built our infrastructure to 100-year storm levels. unfortunately, the 100-year storm seems to be happening about every year, and we have to be prepared for this new normal by hardening critical infrastructure and taking the time and spending the money to conduct the infrastructure assessment that senator schumer spoke about doing. this kind of study and streamlined approach is absolutely what needs to be
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